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Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs: An Introduction

In 1857, Harriet Ann Jacobs (February 11, 1813 – March 7, 1897) was completing a manuscript for a fictionalized account of her life as a slave, and of her struggle to free herself and her children. After all she’d been through and how compellingly she presented her narrative, though, not a single publisher was willing to take the book on.

After repeated rejections, Harriet decided to publish the book herself, an impressive feat for any woman of that era, let alone one that had spent years as a fugitive slave. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, Written by Herself, was published in 1861. Read More→


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